Chattanooga Lawyer Helps Clients Create and Enforce Wills
Skillful attorney advises on probate issues in Tennessee and Georgia
An authoritative will is the cornerstone of effective estate planning. Even if you use trusts or other legal instruments to transfer specific property, a will ensures that all assets are protected from the intestacy rules of the state. At Epstein Law Firm in Chattanooga, we are committed to helping Tennessee and Georgia clients create a legacy for the people they love. From the drafting of wills and medical directives to guiding clients through the probate process, attorney Valerie Epstein provides the legal assistance you need to handle these important matters efficiently.
Knowledgeable adviser drafts wills that satisfy your objectives
As an estate planning lawyer with more than 25 years of experience, Valerie Epstein can find creative solutions to pressing family concerns. Once we establish what your goals are, we can draft a last will and testament that:
- Meets legal requirements — Whether you are in Tennessee or Georgia, our firm can ensure that rules on witnesses and execution are followed so you don’t have to worry about potential probate difficulties.
- Creates a unique legacy — Each person has different values and priorities. Rather than forcing clients into a cookie-cutter approach, we craft a will that is tailored to the testator’s unique situation and goals.
- Preserves your assets — After working throughout your life to accumulate property, the last thing you want is to squander some of your estate on unnecessary taxes or probate complications. At every stage, we look for ways to safeguard your assets and avert potential disputes.
In a initial consultation, our firm will go over the steps needed to create a suitable testamentary document. Even if you already have a will, we can review it to determine whether it meets your current needs.
Dedicated advocate guides family members through the probate process
Our firm assists clients who serve as estate executors or administrators to ensure probate — the legal process of validating a will — is handled efficiently. We provide thorough advice on gathering estate assets, paying the estate’s expenses, making necessary court filings, and dispersing property to beneficiaries in accordance with the decedent’s instructions. We also handle will contests for both estate representatives and potential beneficiaries who believe that the testator’s intentions are not being honored. Not all estates need to be probated, however. Before we create a will, our firm explains various methods that you might employ to transfer property outside of the probate process, such as insurance policies, living trusts, and jointly held assets.
Accomplished firm prepares medical directives and powers of attorney
If you are sick or injured to the point of incapacity, it can cause stress and confusion for your loved ones and lead to medical treatment that violates your beliefs and principles. We help you create advance care plans to specify what type of medical treatment you wish in the event you become unable to communicate your preferences. Through a durable power of attorney document, you can appoint a trusted person to make important decisions rather than forcing family members to speculate as to your wishes. We will evaluate your needs and draft legal documents to ensure that your choices are honored under all circumstances.
Contact a skillful Chattanooga wills and probate attorney for a consultation
Epstein Law Firm assists Tennessee and Georgia clients with wills and probate matters among a wide range of other legal areas. Please call 423-265-5100 or contact us online to schedule a consultation at our Chattanooga office.